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DEAD & STARVING Horses in Ala, PLEASE HELP! Pictures Added Post 13

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  • DEAD & STARVING Horses in Ala, PLEASE HELP! Pictures Added Post 13

    Hey Everyone,

    I have had a very upsetting weekend. Went to help a friend catch a loose pony yesterday and found several dead and starving horses. These animals belong to Kenny Price, Colbert County Animal Control Officer. I immediately called and filed a report with the Sheriff and Officer Joe Shanes was out today. Officer Shanes did speak with the owner. I gave Officer Shanes a copy of the pictures I took yesterday. Officer Shanes is going to present his finding to the District Attorney tomorrow. I would like to ask everyone to send an e-mail to the DA asking them to proscecute the owner. I am VERY Concerned that nothing is going to be done and the remaining horses will die. VERY GRAPHIC Pictures Attached

    E-Mail for Chris Connolly, DA chris@daconnolly.com 256-764-6351
    E-Mail for Will Powell, Asst DA wpowell@daconnolly.com
    E-Mail for Angie Hamilton, Asst DA ahamilton@daconnolly.com
    E-Mail for Stacy Hooper, Asst DA shooper@daconnolly.com
    E-Mail for Colbert County Administrators, countyadmin@colbertcounty.org

    Permission Granted to Crosspost.

    I don't know how to post pictures here. If someone can PM me I would be happy to e-mail the pics to get posted.
    Last edited by Sweetfiddler; Mar. 9, 2009, 07:31 PM. Reason: pictures added

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    Will email right now. Be encouraging. Some DAs have no clue about animal cases.
    And call the TV stations!! Now. Call and get reporters out there. Show them the pictures.
    The media is your friend and can do more to get things done that 1000 emails from "hysterical women" as we are called when we find starving/dead animals.
    This is why I don't deal with most animal control people. But I must say the nice young guy in Bulloch Co. GA is great, his mother had ridden horses and he thought Cloudy was good looking, ha.


    • #3
      I have seen the pictures of these horses, the dead horse, and hte skeletons. 2 Years of being a Cruelty Investigator and I have to say this is about the worst case I've seen. These horses desperately need help NOW, or they will die. The 1 dead and decomposing horse has been laying there about 1 to 2 weeks.
      Please, everyone send e-mails to the DA, something Must be done to save these horses.



      • #4
        Got an email for the high sheriff?



        • Original Poster

          Have contacted TV Stations and Newspapers. One TV Station called back and were going to come out and then called back and said they had to verify info with the Sheriff first and will call tomorrow. No one is taking this seriously and the remaining horses are going to DIE! I have been crying about this off and on all day.


          • #6
            SF, don't stop your efforts to have attention brought to this guy & his cruelty to these horses. Especially an animal control officer. What is it with people? I'm going to contact all the people you've got listed & more if I can.
            Thanks so much for bringing this to light. We have to speak up for animal cruelty any time we see it. Let us know what TV stations to call, I'll also contact them.
            Producing horses with gentle minds & brilliant movement!


            • #7
              Where exactly are the horses?


              • Original Poster

                I don't know where the horses are now I saw the guy moving two of them last night. They were on County Rd 301 in Florence, AL. I called the Sheriff's Office and reported that he was moving the horses, but they did nothing. Channel WHNT 19 is the only one who has contacted me back. Am SO disappointed!!!


                • #9
                  You might consider contacting Jackie Myers of the Bimingham Humane Society. She is the Executive Director, very media savvy and an outstanding advocate. They have started up an Equine Rescue. She might be able to help get the ball rolling.

                  Phone: 205-942-1211
                  Altamont Sport Horses
                  Trakehners * Knabstruppers * Appaloosa Sport Horses
                  Home of stallions: Ambrosius af Asgard "Atlantis" & Hollywood Hot Spot
                  Birmingham, AL


                  • Original Poster

                    Channel 48 News out of Huntsville is running the story this evening. They are claiming these are confiscated horses, but they are not offering any proof. And why hide the horses?


                    • #11
                      If you want the thumbnails posted here, I can do that for you. Email me at neckamws at slu dot edu.

                      Even though I don't want to look at them! Make the jpegs under 195 kb.
                      a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues


                      • #12
                        I got an email back from DA's office. Due to incompetence with computers, I will send it to TED the TB, who is better than I with computers, and ask him to get his asst to post it.

                        Partly Cloudy Hessen Horse who isn't good with computers.


                        • #13
                          pictures link


                          Here are the pictures. They are bad!VERY GRAPHIC


                          • #14


                            Rerider/Haydunker Clique

                            RIP Barbaro, you were my hero!


                            • #15
                              When you find animals starving/neglected/etc., like the OP did, take the pix, then:
                              send to tv stations and call the stations to tell them you have sent them, giving the stations the address.
                              Then call the authorities.
                              TV reporters, especially the investigative reporters, will help the animals faster than will the bureaucracy.


                              • #16
                                OMG, that made me gasp out loud. It is pretty amazing the other horse is still getting around. Is the chestnut the only horse left? Of course, besides the dead chestnut carcass...

                                People need to have done to them what they do to these horses...


                                • #17
                                  I thought one horse too at first....but one has 4 whies and one has 3....


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by cloudyandcallie View Post
                                    Will email right now. Be encouraging. Some DAs have no clue about animal cases.
                                    And call the TV stations!! Now. Call and get reporters out there. Show them the pictures.
                                    The media is your friend and can do more to get things done that 1000 emails from "hysterical women" as we are called when we find starving/dead animals.
                                    This is why I don't deal with most animal control people. But I must say the nice young guy in Bulloch Co. GA is great, his mother had ridden horses and he thought Cloudy was good looking, ha.
                                    Am posting the response for cloudyand callie:

                                    [FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]We are looking into a case involving Kenny Price—who works for Colbert County Animal Control. A number of complaints have been forwarded to me regarding a dead horse on his property and other starving horses.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
                                    [FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Joe Shanes is the sheriff department’s employee who looks into these complaints. He has provided me with pictures of some of these animals. He has indicated that Mr. Price has taken several horses in which were confiscated by the Colbert Animal Control people. According to Joe, he has verified this information with Tommy Morson—the director of Colbert County Animal Control. [/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
                                    [FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]From looking at the pictures, it appeared that there was an obvious difference in the horses owned by Price and the ones he has taken in in an effort to save them. According to Joe, Price has wormed the horses and is feeding them.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
                                    [FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]There was a dead horse carcass on his property. He has indicated that this is a horse he had taken in that did not survive. I have requested that Joe inform him that he needs to properly bury this horse ASAP. [/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
                                    a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Here is a copy of the most recent e-mail from the DA. There was a total of 8 horses to start. They moved 5 of them yesterday. There are 2 horses still up there and a pony who goes through the fence to a friends house.

                                      From: chris@daconnolly.com
                                      To: SweetFiddler@aol.com
                                      Sent: 3/9/2009 5:44:09 P.M. Central Standard Time
                                      Subj: RE: Starving Horses

                                      I regret that you are disappointed in me. Please know that this matter is not over. We are continuing to try to ascertain the facts. I have received several emails about this situation. In an effort to be responsive to them, I sent out a quick “status report” earlier today. Apparently, I should have emphasized that this was merely a status report and that we are continuing to look into it.



                                      • #20
                                        I'm confused -

                                        From that email it appears that these are neglected horses that have been taken in by this ACO and are being taken care of?

                                        I agree that not properly disposing of a large animal carcass is not acceptable.

                                        But from the email posted it does not appear, at this time, that the ACO is responsible for the condition of the horses.

                                        Maybe I'm misreading that so please correct me if I'm wrong.
                                        Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                                        Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                                        -Rudyard Kipling